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Meeting Gabriel García Márquez

He winked at me, as if acknowledging a fellow voyeur

By Angel Gurria-Quintana  

Marquez (left) with Brazilian writer Adonias Filho.

Among the countless possessions I have lost in my life, there is one whose loss rankles especially: a first edition of Doce Cuentos Peregrinos, a collection of short stories by Gabriel García Márquez (published in English as Strange Pilgrims). To this day I’m unsure whether the book, with a handwritten dedication by the author, was mislaid as I moved from Mexico to England, or whether I carelessly lent it to a friend. I have been thinking a lot about that book since…

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